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Least Chipmunk

Tamius minimus
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Habitat: Open coniferous and aspen forests, sagebrush flats, rocky outcroppings and pastures with small shrubs.

Description: Three dark, and two light stripes on the face, five dark and four light stripes on its body. Overall color is reddish brown. They have extremely long tails compared to body length.

Size: 7.5-11cm, 35-72g

Diet: berries, nuts, seeds, grasses, mushrooms and insects.

Fun Facts: Chipmunks dig underground burrows that are very hard to find, they never leave dirt piles at the entrance.

Source: Pattie, D. and C. Fisher. 1999. Mammals of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing.

area wildlife + plants

Fairybells
Disporum trachycarpum

Habitat: The Fairybell is common throughout the wooded areas of Alberta from May-June preferring the nice, damp soil.

Description: Greenish-white bell-like flowers hang down and droop from slender stalks and are usually covered by their leaves.  The leaves are long and range from ovate to oblong.  They only flower for a short time but the orange-red berries they produce take the whole summer...

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